As a service to clients and to the general public, the Moore Law Firm PLLC collects legal information and Virginia law resources and links from a variety of places and covering a variety of topics. The goal is to provide law-related materials that educate and even enlighten clients and other persons from the general public. It is hoped that this collection of law-related learning resources will grow over time and become a valuable resource to the community.
It is also hoped that these resources will lead you to further reading and discovery elsewhere. If you have any questions, suggestions, or would like to be pointed in the direction of additional law related resources of this nature please contact the Moore Law Firm PLLC.
The main focus is on divorce, family law, elder law and estate planning legal resources because those are the law firm’s primary practice areas.
Please be advised that no legal advice is intended by these resources or is being given in any way. If you are facing a legal matter you should seek legal advice from an experienced attorney who is familiar with the specific facts and circumstances in your particular case.
- Virginia State Bar Pamphlet “Children and Divorce”
- Virginia State Bar Family Law Section Pamphlet “Spare the Child” from parental conflict
- Virginia State Bar Pamphlet “Divorce in Virginia”
- Virginia State Bar “Financial Issues in Divorce in Virginia” pamphlet
- Virginia State Bar Family Law Section “Marriage in Virginia” pamphlet
As a service to clients and persons who wish to represent themselves, The Moore Law Firm collects family law legal forms that are available online. Please be advised that no legal advice is provided as to the proper use or meaning of these forms. Please consult with an experienced family law attorney if you have any questions.
- Request for Virginia Registration of Child Custody and/or Visitation Determination from Another State
- Request for Virginia Registration of Foreign Support Order
- Request for Confidentiality – Civil
- Affidavit (Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act)
- Motion for Genetic Testing
- Motion and Notice and Judgment for Arrearages
- Motion to Amend or Review Order
- Motion for Show Cause Summons or Capias
- Child Support Guidelines Worksheet
- Child Support Guidelines Worksheet – Split Custody
- Child Support Guidelines Worksheet – Shared Custody
Some of these forms may also be used in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court proceedings and thus are included in this collection of family law legal forms.
- Request for Witness Subpoena
- Subpoena Duces Tecum
- Notice to Providers – Subpoena Duces Tecum for Medical Records
- Motion and Notice of Hearing
- Petition for Protective Order
- Affidavit-Default Judgment Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
- Notice of Change of Address
- Summons To Answer Interrogatories
- Bill of Particulars
- Grounds of Defense
Some of these forms may be utilized in Circuit Court proceedings which is why they have been included in our collection of family law legal forms.
- Acceptance/Waiver of Service of Process and Waiver of Future Service of Process and Notice
- Service Other Than by Virginia Sheriff
- Application for Change of Name (Adult)
- Application for Change of Name (Minor)
- Cover Sheet for Filing Civil Actions
- Addendum for Protected Identifying Information – Confidential
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Lawyers frequently take for granted that everyone know the meaning of terms we throw around in a conversation about the law. The fact is that many people have never heard the majority of the terms that are a part of a lawyer’s daily conversations.
Here are some key terms used when discussing divorce law. Please feel free to refer back to this page whenever you find our terminology confusing.
ACTION: a lawsuit or proceeding in a court of law.
AFFIDAVIT: a written statement under oath.
ANSWER: the written response, also known as a pleading, to a complaint, petition, or motion.
ALIMONY: another term for “spousal support” which refers to the payment of support by one spouse to the other.
COMPLAINT: the written document that initiates litigation, it is also referred to as one of the pleadings.
CONDONATION: forgiveness of marital fault, usually adultery. usually by cohabitation after the innocent spouse learns of the wrongdoing.
CONTEMPT: willful violation of a court of a valid court order. Contempt proceedings are used in divorce cases to enforce orders such as the final decree of divorce when a party fails to do what the court has ordered.
CUSTODIAL PARENT: the spouse who has physical custody of a child or children.
DISCOVERY: a way for getting information from the other side or other people. Examples of discovery are interrogatories (written questions) and depositions (questions which are usually in person and recorded).
DISSOLUTION: the legal end of a marriage.
EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION: The division of property between the spouses, and usually only that property bought or acquired by one or both spouses during the marriage.
FILING: giving the clerk of Court your legal papers.
FAULT-BASED DIVORCE: divorce action where misconduct by one spouse is needed before a marriage may be ended.
FAULT GROUNDS: marital misconduct giving one spouse a legal reason to sue for divorce, such as abuse, abandonment and adultery.
GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE: the legal basis for a divorce; the law sets out specific reasons for a divorce which have to be proven before the court can grant a divorce.
HOME STATE: the state where a child or children of the marriage lived with a parent for at least six months before a child custody, support or visitation action was filed in court.
JUDGMENT: a court’s decision.
JURISDICTION: the authority of the court to hear a case.
MAINTENANCE: one spouse’s payment to the other for financial support; the same as alimony or spousal support.
MARITAL PROPERTY: includes all property acquired during the marriage.
MOTION: a request to the court.
NON-CUSTODIAL PARENT: the spouse who doesn’t have physical custody of the spouses’ child or children.
NO-FAULT DIVORCE: a divorce that doesn’t require one spouse to prove the other spouse’s fault or misconduct before being entitled to a divorce.
NOTICE: the formal legal process of informing one spouse about a legal action or proceeding involving that spouse.
ORDER: a court’s ruling or decision on a certain matter or legal issue, usually a decision on a motion filed by one spouse.
PATERNITY TEST: proving the identity of a child’s biological father through scientific methods.
PENDENTE LITE: temporary arrangements for custody, child support, child visitation, alimony, us and possession of the family home, etc., until a final hearing.
PLAINTIFF: the person who started the case.
PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT: a contract signed by the spouses before the marriage setting out each spouse’s rights to property and assets in the case of a divorce.
PRO SE: representing yourself in court without an attorney.
QUALIFIED DOMESTIC RELATIONS ORDER (QDRO): a court order giving one spouse a share of the other spouse’s pension or retirement funds.
RECONCILIATION: married people getting back together.
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: the amount of time a spouse must live within a state or county before that spouse may file a divorce action in that state or county.
SEPARATE PROPERTY: property or assets that belong to one spouse and usually won’t be included in the property distribution or division.
SERVICE: providing a copy of the papers being filed to the other side.
SPOUSAL SUPPORT: one spouse’s payment to the other for financial support; the same as alimony or maintenance.
SPOUSE: husband or wife.
SUBPOENA: a form issued by the court requiring someone to appear in court and/or bring documents.
TEMPORARY SUPPORT: payments made by one spouse to the other for financial support while the divorce action is pending.
UNCONTESTED DIVORCE: when the defendant is not going to try to stop the divorce and there are no issues for the court to decide about the children, money, or property.
VENUE: the county where the case is heard.
VISITATION: the non-custodial parent’s right to spend time with the spouse’s child or children.